Publication: Designing for Healthcare

Wednesday May 8, 2024

How can building design facilitate better healthcare? And in doing so, focus simultaneously on the well-being of both patients and the professionals who care for them. The latter is crucial. They experience high workloads, constantly having to respond to the consequences of staff shortages or acute situations. Thomas Bögl states: "Therefore, we give healthcare professionals the space to do what they love most. And that is providing care."

How does the architecture of the Princess Máxima Center in Utrecht (in The Netherlands) contribute to the well-being or 'work happiness' of healthcare professionals? Three examples demonstrate what works:

➀ The concept of a 'healing environment' is integral to the healthcare sector. Contact with nature is one of the most crucial aspects, as is the infusion of natural light. Everyone benefits from this. Therefore, the Princess Máxima Center is designed so that both the parent-child rooms and the spaces for staff and corridors have views.

➁ It serves as both a healthy and an appealing working environment for caregivers. It takes into account the various tasks they perform. Just like in the rest of the Princess Máxima Center, warm colors and natural materials are used. Additionally, facilities such as a restaurant or (indoor) garden are accessible to them.

➂ The design considers the needs of the staff by ensuring uniformity in the layout of departments and the design of parent-child rooms. It gives them a sense of control over the environment and the situation. Furthermore, they have control over the indoor climate; for example, they can open a window and regulate the temperature.

Want to learn more? Then read the publication below: Designing for Healthcare.

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